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Poster: B. Stockwell Date: Jul 20, 2010 8:50pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Faust (1926) by Murnau

Another issue is raised by high-profile restorations of older films. If, say, an additional half-hour of "lost" is found and meticulously restored, the restorers can copyright the restoration as their property. The beat up "Nosferatu" here on the Archive exists side-by-side with a terrific new restoration supervised and co-funded by the F.W. Murnau Institut. So, does the expired copyright mean this restored "new" version is also public domain? The Murnau Institut and KINO film - distributors of the film - would say "No." It has a new soundtrack - and that would be under copyright. It's complicated. "Hamlet" is public domain, so wouldn't Kenneth Branagh's film version be, too? No - because it's a new creation. The Beethoven Ninth: public domain.but if I record it - even with a harmonica - I own THAT version. By the way, "Nosferatu" is in the public domain in the US, but not in Germany!

The version of "Faust" on the Archive is listed and linked (by Wikipedia, among others)as public domain. The music track probably isn't but it's really crappy and astonishingly annoying.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Jul 21, 2010 6:34am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Faust (1926) by Murnau

By the way, "Nosferatu" is in the public domain in the US, but not in Germany!

Yes, it won't enter the public domain in Germany until the beginning of 2029, which is 70 calendar years after the death of the last living principle author, photographer Fritz Arno Wagner, who died in 1958.

Similarly, Faust doesn't enter the public domain in Germany until 2018, which is 70 years after the death of Carl Hoffman the photographer. It is fully protected by GATT/URAA in the US and it won't enter the US public domain again until at least 2022.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2010-07-21 13:34:07